The Japanese National Physical Activity and Health Promotion Guidelines were compiled by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Japan. A broad definition of physical activity was adopted in this report. Objectives of physical activity were (a) maintaining and promoting health, (b) preventing and treating disease, (c) reducing stress, (d) promoting development in childhood, (e) maintaining and improving independence in older people, (f) managing symptoms associated with menopause, and (g) promoting general psychological well-being.
Toshiki Ohta and Izumi Tabata are with the Division of Health Promotion, National Institute of Health and Nutrition. Yumiko Mochizuki is with the Community Health, Health Promotion and Nutrition Division, Health Service Bureau, Ministry of Health and Welfare, 1-2-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8045, Japan, and with the Department of Public Health Administration, Institute of Public Health.
Editor’s Note: The Journal of Aging and Physical Activity is pleased to publish a translation of the Japanese Physical Activity and Health Promotion Guidelines that have been developed by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare. The journal is grateful to Toshiki Ohta and Izumi Tabata of the Division of Health Promotion of the National In stitute of Health and Nutrition for their assistance in producing the translation. After translation from the original Japanese, the guidelines underwent minor editorial revisions in the office of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.